St. James Infirmary
Label: Milestones Records
Bobby "Blue" Bland operated beyond distinctions like blues, gospel, R&B and soul. That's because he was one of the most awesomest crooners of all time, and that's all there is to it. Full of throttling horns and endless buckets of tears, Two Steps from the Blues is one classic after another, including "Cry Cry Cry," "St. James Infirmary," "I Pity the Fool" and that fist-to-the-chest workout "Little Boy Blue." Bland nearly spits out his lungs, howling about jealousy, betrayal and failed love.